Month: October 2019

LCI Education network agrees to acquire The Art Institute of Vancouver

first_img Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Following the acquisition, students and faculty of AIV will be able to leverage LCI’s global community in a number of ways, including:Faculty collaboration to remain current in international trends and develop globalized curricula.Exposure to a diversity of cultures, with students from over 75 countries enrolled in LCI campuses.Connections for students and graduates to Student Career Services, including job and portfolio postings world-wide.In the past seven years, AIV has been consistently named one of the top 10 undergraduate schools for video game design by the Princeton Review, while LCI has received accolades from many sources, including the Hempel Awards, Telio’s Canada’s Breakthrough Designer competition, and Fashionista.com.“Joining the LCI family provides AIV with support from respected private post-secondary institutions and further momentum for its progressive, industry-leading curricula,” said Brian Parker, The Art Institute of Vancouver, President.Students will benefit by having wider access to facilities, faculty, staff and connections to industry. Students enrolled in AIV programs prior to the acquisition will be able to graduate from AIV with AIV credentials.The Art Institute of Vancouver is currently a subsidiary of Education Management Corporation, a provider of private post-secondary education in the U.S.More information about the acquisition can be found at www.lcieducation.com/welcomeaivAbout the LCI Education networkLCI Education traces its origins back to LaSalle College in Montreal, which was founded in 1959. Present today on 5 continents, the LCI Education network consists of 22 select higher education institutions, and some 1,500 employees offering instruction to over 10,000 students throughout the world each year. LCI Education is also known as a leader in online training in Canada. LCI Education encourages program harmonization across the various countries in order to ensure greater flexibility, better control over the quality of its services and respect for cultural diversity.About The Art Institute of VancouverThe Art Institute of Vancouver (AIV) is an award winning higher education provider offering an array of exciting applied arts programs in diverse fields such as VFX for Film and Television, Video Game Programming, Digital Film & Video, Game Art & Design, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Fashion, Culinary Arts and just to name a few. Located in an 80,000 square feet building in beautiful Vancouver, AIV delivers programs with credentials ranging from Bachelor Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates and has been consistently named one of the top 10 undergraduate schools for video game design by the Princeton Review. Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement The LCI Education network (LCI), which owns LaSalle College Vancouver (LCV), has reached an agreement to add The Art Institute of Vancouver (AIV) to its growing family of private post-secondary institutions around the world. LCV and AIV employ experienced, industry professionals to teach job-ready skills to a combined 1,500 students in Digital & Media Arts, VFX & Game Design, Fashion, Interior Design and Culinary Arts. The transaction is anticipated to close no later than January 31, 2017.“Acquiring leading private, post-secondary educational institutions is an important part of LCI’s strategy to become the world’s leading network of select private educational institutions, recognized for innovation, efficiency and results,” said Claude Marchand, CEO of LCI Education network. “AIV will be joining a strong and stable Canadian organization that is driven by the needs of students, providing enriched opportunities for learning and skill development, instruction by leaders in the Vancouver creative industries, and access to international career services.”With the acquisition of the AIV campus on Renfrew Street, LCI will have an increased presence on the West Coast, and a network of 22 campuses on five continents including global design centres such as Montreal, Barcelona, Bogota and Melbourne.last_img read more

Freedom 35 Trailer Park Boys Lager Launch

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement Freedom 35 Trailer Park Boys Lager is now available in Ontario at the LCBO.  The Queens Quay location at 2 Cooper Street in downtown Toronto will hold the official launch on Thursday April 27th at 12pm with The Boys signing cans and tasting the beer with fans.  The event will run until 3pm and the public are invited. Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: DARTMOUTH, NS, April 25, 2017 – The Trailer Park Boys and North American Craft have announced the release of a new collaborative beer, appropriately titled “Freedom 35” Trailer Park Boys Lager. Ricky, Julian and Bubbles may finally be able to see their dream of early retirement with this new venture.  Following the success of Liquormen’s Ol’ Dirty Canadian Whisky last Fall, The Boys have returned with another reason to say “Cheers”.Described as a crisp, refreshing lager, Freedom 35 is hitting the shelves just in time for the warm weather. Canadians can enjoy a taste of Sunnyvale on a patio, around a fire pit or in a shed next to their buddy’s trailer.The last time the Boys hit Toronto, the launch of Liquormen’s made national news, drawing thousands of fans to the Queens Quay LCBO and earning the East Coasters a nomination for “Best New Product Launch.”  Fans and beer lovers alike are encouraged to arrive early, for their chance to meet Ricky, Julian and Bubbles.last_img read more

ENJOY 599 MOVIES FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment ENJOY $5.99 MOVIES FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY!From August 25th-September 3rd your entire family can see these moves for one low price!The Boss BabySmurfs: The Lost VillagePeter PanThe Sound of MusicCaptain Underpants: The First Epic MoviePower RangersDiary of a Wimpy KidCLICK HERE for additional information Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img

CTV Partners with CANADAS WALK OF FAME as Official Broadcaster of CANADAS

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Advertisement Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Canada’s Walk of Fame – a charitable organization that recognizes and celebrates Canadians who excel in their respective fields – re-joins CTV’s robust lineup of awards shows including the ACADEMY AWARDS®, the GOLDEN GLOBES®, THE EMMY® AWARDS, THE BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS, THE AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS, THE TONY AWARDS, THE COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, and the IHEARTRADIO MUSIC AWARDS among others.For 20 years, Canada’s Walk of Fame has continued to recognize Canadians who have excelled on national and international stages in their respective fields, including music, sports, film and television, literary, visual and performing arts, science, innovation, philanthropy, and social justice.CTV’s broadcast of THE 2018 CANADA’S WALK OF FAME AWARDS is a celebration of Canadian excellence with a star-studded event with must-see performances and inspiring stories from new and former inductees. The event, which sees inductees immortalized with their names forever cemented into the streets of Toronto, culminates in a broadcast special honouring Canada’s brightest stars. Past inductees include Ryan Reynolds, Bryan Adams, Pamela Anderson, Margaret Atwood, Jeanne Beker, Jim Carrey, Kim Cattrall, Linda Evangelista, Celine Dion, Louise Arbour, Christopher Plummer, Michael J. Fox, and Terry Fox. Canada’s Walk of Fame represents many examples of courage, strength, talent, perseverance and success in Canada and the world.THE 2018 CANADA’S WALK OF FAME AWARDS broadcast is slated for December 2018. Inductees and broadcast details will be announced at a later date.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Twitter:@CTV_PR@CTV_Television@CWOFameFacebook:www.facebook.com/CTVwww.facebook.com/CWOFameInstagram:CTV PR: @CTV_PRCTV: @CTV_TelevisionCanada’s Walk of Fame: @cwofameAbout CTVCTV is Canada’s #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 17 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at CTV.ca.About Canada’s Walk of FameNow celebrating its 20th anniversary, Canada’s Walk of Fame is a national platform that celebrates Canadian achievement at the highest level in many fields, fueling our sense of Canadian pride and inspiring the next generation to follow in their footsteps. Canada’s Walk of Fame is the foremost honour for cultural, entrepreneurial, athletic, philanthropic and science/technology excellence in Canada. Current programs include the RBC Emerging Musician Program, Canada’s Walk of Fame Hometown Stars, presented by Cineplex, and the nationally televised broadcast designated by the CRTC as a program of national interest. Founded in 1998 by Peter Soumalias, Bill Ballard, Dusty Cohl and Gary Slaight, CWOF has inducted 173 Canadians to date, with their stars having a permanent place of tribute on the streets of Toronto’s Entertainment District. For a complete list of Inductees along with more information on Canada’s Walk of Fame visit: www.canadaswalkoffame.com Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Login/Register With: TORONTO, June 7, 2018 – CTV announced today a new multi-year partnership with Canada’s Walk of Fame to become the official and exclusive broadcaster of the awards. The new partnership, brokered by Canada’s Walk of Fame CEO Jeffrey Latimer and Bell Media President Randy Lennox, comes just in time for the awards ceremony’s 20thanniversary milestone this December.“Canada’s Walk of Fame is thrilled the awards are back on CTV,” said Jeffrey Latimer, CEO, Canada’s Walk of Fame. “This is such a monumental year for us as we celebrate our 20th anniversary and continue to deepen our commitment and broaden our impact across Canada. This year’s awards show will be a spectacular celebration of great Canadians, including our 2018 inductees and those inducted since Canada’s Walk of Fame was founded in 1998. It will be a celebration of what is possible, what can be achieved – a celebration of the power of Canadian potential.”“We are proud to honour the ever-growing group of notable Canadians and share their achievements and impact on Canadian society with our viewers,” said Randy Lennox, President, Bell Media. “With the return of CANADA’S WALK OF FAME AWARDS to CTV, we cement our commitment to celebrating extraordinary Canadian talent and their influence and impact both in Canada and around the world.”last_img read more

PETA THREATENS TO SUE CITY OF TORONTO ASTRAL MEDIA OVER CANADA GOOSE

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter PETA’s assistant manager of clothing campaigns Christina Sewell told The Canadian Press the ads were meant to run for four weeks, but were up for less than 24 hours in September.Jackets are on display at the Canada Goose Inc. showroom in Toronto. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Vincent Elkaim“Astral let us know they had to pull the ads because they had too many numerous complaints,” she said.A spokesperson for Bell Media Inc., which owns Astral, confirmed it removed the ads because they were not in line with a part of the Canadian Code of Advertising Standards that restricts ads from disparaging organizations or causing public ridicule.PETA claims it is not violating the standards.“PETA’s position remains that its right to free expression includes the right to place this particular artwork – in its current form – on city property, and that the removal of its artwork violated this right,” the group said in a letter it sent to the city, Bell Media and Astral Media on Thursday.Asked about the ads, City of Toronto spokesperson Eric Holmes said Astral “is responsible for applying the standards and any decisions related to the approval and removal of advertising content on these assets.”Sewell, who called the ads “benign,” said PETA doesn’t have a timeline for how soon it will take legal action if the ads aren’t reposted, but is committed to carrying out their threat.A Canada Goose spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment.The company has long been in PETA’s crosshairs.PETA members, sometimes dressed as coyotes, have protested in front of the apparel company’s stores and have repeatedly billed Canada Goose as a perpetrator of “shameless cruelty.”“There are so many cruelty-free alternatives out there and things that are made out of plants or synthetic. Fur is hugely detrimental to the environment,” Sewell said, noting that Canada Goose hasn’t gotten in touch with PETA since it unveiled the ads.“We have been campaigning for several years now and we are very hard pressed to get a direct response from the company.”Canada Goose previously fought complaints about its use of fur, saying that it is committed to the ethical treatment of animals, that “having fur trim around a jacket hood disrupts airflow which helps protect the face from frostbite” and that it uses goose down because it is “one of the world’s best natural insulators.”“We do not condone any willful mistreatment, neglect, or acts that maliciously cause animals undue suffering,” the company’s website says. “Our standards for the sourcing and use of fur, down and wool reflect our commitment that materials are sourced from animals that are not subject to willful mistreatment or undue harm.”BY TARA DESCHAMPS | THE CANADIAN PRESS Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is threatening to sue the City of Toronto and Astral Media for removing anti-Canada Goose ads.The animal rights group said Friday that it will commence legal action against the city and Astral, if they do not repost ads the group paid to put up in September that criticized the Toronto-based luxury jacket maker for using goose down and coyote fur in its jackets.The ads featured images of the animals with captions saying “I’m a living being, not a piece of fur trim” and “I’m a living being, not jacket filling” and were put up at bus shelters between Canada Goose’s headquarters and the home of the company’s CEO, Dani Reiss. Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With:last_img read more

WALK OFF THE EARTH DEDICATE NEW SONG MIKES SONG TO LATE BANDMATE

first_imgMembers of Walk Off the Earth released the acoustic song on Friday, saying on Twitter its creation was “a therapeutic process” for the band. The song explores themes of moving forward while dealing with the pain of losing someone.In January, the Burlington, Ont.-based group held a memorial for Taylor in their hometown where hundreds of people gathered in deep cold weather to celebrate the musician.The all-star concert featured members of the Barenaked Ladies, Arkells and Scott Helman.THE CANADIAN PRESS Walk Off the Earth’s Mike Taylor, known as “Beard Guy” attends the announcement of the nominees for the Juno Awards at an event in Toronto on Tuesday February 2, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young) Twitter Advertisement Advertisement TORONTO – Canadian pop act Walk off the Earth are paying tribute to their late bandmate Mike Taylor with a new track named in his memory.“Mike’s Song” is an ode to their former keyboardist, who was affectionately known as “Beard Guy” by his fans.Taylor died last December from what the band said were “natural causes.”center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more

Behind the antifracking barricades

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt’s been five days since Mi’kmaq people in New Brunswick and some of their allies  erected a barricade on New Brunswick’s route 134.The demonstrators say despite mounting police pressure they won’t take the barricades down until New Brunswick is free of shale gas exploration and fracking.Here’s APTN’s Ossie Michelin with a look behind the barricades.last_img

Massive Inuit stone carving to be displayed at York University

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt’s a massive stone carving combining Inuit folklore and the world’s most popular sport.A renowned Inuk artist is working on the sculpture that will be displayed at York University by the end of August.APTN’s Delaney Windigo has the story.last_img

Alberta announces climate change plan ahead of Paris talks

first_imgThe Canadian PressEDMONTON — Alberta took what it hopes will be the first step toward shedding its status as international environmental pariah Sunday by revealing a sweeping climate change plan.The plan, the result of months of study and public input, will introduce a broad-based carbon tax that would apply across the economy. The government will move to phase out the province’s coal-fired power generation by 2030.And it will introduce a hard cap on greenhouse gas emissions for the oilsands.“This is the day we step up, at long last, to one of the world’s biggest problems the pollution that is causing climate change,” Premier Rachel Notley said as she announced her government’s new policy in Edmonton on Sunday.“I’m hopeful these policies will lead to a new collaborative conversation about Canada’s energy infrastructure on its merits and to a significant de-escalation of conflict worldwide about the Alberta oilsands.”Notley made the announcement on a stage packed with representatives of groups that have in the past often been at each other’s throats over this issue.But joining her Sunday were leaders of major energy companies, environmental groups and First Nations. “The framework announced today will allow the ongoing innovation technology, investment and growth in the oil and gas industry at the same time we are looking to reduce overall carbon emissions,” said Murray Edward of Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.Said Ed Whittingham of the clean energy think-tank the Pembina Institute: “I think the world needs more of this kind of leadership.”Starting in 2017, Alberta will apply a $20-a-tonne price on carbon emissions that will cover about 90 per cent of the economy, including essentials such as gasoline and home heating fuel. That price will increase to $30 the following year.That $30 will add about seven cents to the cost of a litre of gas. The total cost of the increases will be about $500 a year for an average family, the government calculates.That money about $3 billion in 2018 will be used in part to rebate middle and lower income families. About 60 per cent of households will have at least some part of their carbon tax bill repaid.The rest will go to programs to ease the transition away from coal for communities and workers dependent on that industry, as well as to innovation programs and energy efficiency measures.Eventually, said Notley, the carbon taxes could be dedicated toward paying down public debt.Large emitters will continue to be regulated based on their carbon emissions per barrel of oil, although those requirements will be more stringent.By 2030, about 30 per cent of Alberta’s power will come from renewables. A mediator will be appointed to work out the contentious details of plant closures with power companies, who were not represented at the announcement.The tar sands will be limited to a total of 100 megatonnes of emissions about 30 megatonnes more than the industry now emits. That gap will be largely filled by projects now being built.That means if oilsands producers want to pump more oil, they’ll have to do it in a way that stays under the cap.The plan doesn’t include a target for emissions reductions. It calculates that its provisions should reduce emissions from business as usual by about seven per cent by 2020, and about 16 per cent by 2030.Mark Jaccard, an energy economist at Simon Fraser University, called the plan a prudent mix of sound economics and real-world pragmatism that creates incentives for emissions reductions.“I need to look at the details, but I think I’m seeing some real leadership here,” he said.“It’s not the economist’s perfect (model), but it’s real-world. I’m seeing policies I like.”The announcement is the result of months of consultation and study by an expert panel convened to help the government write the policy. Andrew Leach, a University of Alberta energy economist, led the panel, which received thousands of pages of submissions from citizens, industry and environmental groups.— the Canadian Presslast_img read more

Lawyer who quit MMIWG inquiry feared he was being setup after he

first_img(Lawyer Breen Ouellette, right, listens to a witness during a hearing of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls)Mark BlackburnAPTN NewsBreen Ouellette was more than a little confused when he received an email from a lawyer claiming to work for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.Confused because Ouellette, a Metis lawyer who had just quit his position with the inquiry, had never heard of him.“Hello Mr. Ouellette,” the email begins from Steve Kelliher. “Would you consider having a confidential chat with me in respect to your recent resignation. I am involved in the Forensic Document Review Project and would very much appreciate whatever insights you felt comfortable to share.”Ouellette said he not only had no idea who Kelliher was, but didn’t know why he would be contacting him.“This immediately raised my defences because I can’t know what he knows,” Ouellette said.APTN News reached out to Kelliher to ask why he was trying to contact Ouellette.“You will know about solicitor-client privilege. It includes whether a lawyer acts for someone,” Kelliher wrote in an email to APTN. “If I answered your question I could be disbarred. So you will understand my reluctance in doing so.”Both the inquiry, and later Kelliher, confirmed that he is a lawyer at the national inquiry.Kelliher is based in Vancouver. According to his email to Ouellette, he works with the forensic panel review at the inquiry.“So I don’t know if he has the same set of confidential information that I have and it could be a set up,” Ouellette said. “It could be the national inquiry trying to get me to talk to someone who appears and then ‘gotcha’ – we gotcha in the act you’ve breached your professional duties.”Ouellette turned to the inquiry to ask permission to speak.“Has anyone working for the national inquiry been authorized to speak to me?” he asked the inquiry Executive Director Jennifer Rattray.“And I received a cease and desist letter by noon,” he said.APTN asked the inquiry whether Kelliher was asking Ouellette to speak on behalf of the inquiry.“Any communication that Mr. Kelliher may have made was not in his official capacity nor on behalf of the National Inquiry,” wrote inquiry spokesperson Nadine Gros-Louis.Ouellette was hired by the inquiry in September 2017 – but because of a slow security clearance process, didn’t start until April.He quit the inquiry on July 3.He told APTN that it wasn’t the subject matter or long hours that pushed him to resign.It was a “serious loss of confidence” in leadership – both at the top of the inquiry and with federal officials in charge.“It’s speeding towards failure,” said Ouellette.“The subpoena issue is a major issue with me.” Ouellette has more questions than answers about how the commissioners run the inquiry, and about what he calls federal interference.He said he cannot discuss his concerns in detail because he has not received clearance from the inquiry.But one point in particular seems to be of interest.The inquiry has the ability to subpoena a witness or document – but there is something about the way commissioners are handling this that is bothering the lawyer from Saskatchewan.And the fact that Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett raised it is only heightening his sense that the feds are meddling in the inquiry.“The federal government is one of the parties with standing before the national inquiry,” said Ouellette. “And the federal government’s departments and police service, the RCMP, and other departments are under the scrutiny and investigation of the national inquiry and the national inquiry is empowered to make findings of misconduct against any of those parties if it deems it’s within the scope of the mandate – so you have to ask yourself – do the other parties with standing, looking at the relationship of the minister speaking about the subpoena process do they perceive any bias?“It’s extremely curious that she would raise the specific issue of subpoenas if she had no intimate knowledge of the inner-workings of the national inquiry if she’s actually working at arms length from it.”Ouellette is not shy about sharing his opinions about how the inquiry has been handled.He believes that the federal government should have granted the inquiry a two-year extension – but fired the current list of commissioners.He also believes he should be allowed to speak freely about issues he has with the inquiry and the federal government.“The foundations of the national inquiry are the commissioners, its mandate and its budget,” he said. “And if the commissioners are acting in a way that’s not consistent with the mandate and the budget… only the legal team are going to have any knowledge that its occurring,” said Ouellette.“So if the legal team is making what I consider a mistake, and they’re considering the commissioners to be the client, and they’re ignoring the mandate, and they’re ignoring the budget as foundational components then I don’t think the interests of justice are served. I believe the duty of loyalty to the national inquiry should guide whether or not lawyers can speak out.”Ouellette is the sixth lawyer to resign from the inquiry but the first to issue a news release about his departure.His exit brings the total number of people that have quit or been fired to 24.mblackburn@aptn.ca@mblackburn21-with files from Kathleen Martenslast_img read more

Bush style Yoga winning over seniors in Behchokǫ̀ NWT

first_imgResidents and visitors of Jimmy Erasmus Senior Home in Behchokǫ̀, Northwest Territories meet for yoga a few times a week.The Tlicho community sits at the northern tip of Great Slave Lake 110 km north of Yellowknife.The class focuses on what’s familiar to the clients by fusing traditional motions like pulling nets, chopping wood and shooting ducks – with modern stretching.Beatrice Naedzo, the activity coordinator for the senior’s home, gives all instructions in her Dogrib language.She says seniors were reluctant to take part in modern, non-traditional exercise.“When the elders would do their exercise they would complain and complain about exercise. I was wondering while sitting in a circle asking ‘what do you guys want to do?,’” she said.Naedzo asked where participants are paddling to, they joyously respond “Whati,” “Marian Lake,” and “Frank Channel.”It is in the detail, connecting instruction with familiarity that brings the clients down memory lane.“Instead of using weights and elastic bands… I always say stretch the hide, that was their daily exercise,” Naedzo said.It didn’t take long for the tables to turn. Naedzo is now instructed by the participants.“I say ‘we should do it this way,’ and they say ‘no we never did it this way we did it this way.’Most of the seniors have to sit down for the exercise, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t working hard.“I like it, you know good exercise, instead of getting up and complaining about the pain,” Douglas said.During the meet ups everyone shares stories of camp life.At one point a nurse recognized a story she overheard. She left the room and returned promptly with an old photo of a participant. She was no doubt, moved by the memory.Soon after Douglas delivers a love song for everyone.She said that she use to sing while paddling to see her husband long ago.“That’s the life we had, we did all of that. We lived in the bush and this time of the year we go in the bush and don’t come back until Christmas with a dog team.,” Douglas said.The program may not be what typically comes to mind for yoga, but for each participant here, it works.cmorrittjacobs@aptn.ca@aptncharlotte Charlotte Morritt-JacobsAPTN NewsIt starts off in a similar fashion to any other stretching class, a quick roll of the shoulders and stretch of the legs – then it takes a turn, and the class begins the motion of paddling.This isn’t your typical workout routine – this is Tlicho yoga.Caroline Douglas laughed as she paddled. The 81-year-old isn’t slowing down anytime soon.”“I had the surgery replacement of my knee, that’s why I started coming in,” she said.last_img read more

Trudeaus principal secretary Gerald Butts resigns amid SNC Lavalin furor

first_imgThe Canadian PressGerald Butts, Justin Trudeau’s principal secretary and long-time friend, has resigned amid allegations that the Prime Minister’s Office interfered to prevent a criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin.In a statement, Butts unequivocally denies the accusation that he or anyone else in the office improperly pressured former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to help the Montreal engineering giant avoid a criminal case on corruption and bribery charges related to government contracts in Libya.Nevertheless, Butts says the allegation is distracting from the “vital work” Trudeau is doing so it’s in the best interests of the Prime Minister’s Office for him to step aside.“I categorically deny the accusation that I or anyone else in his office pressured Ms. Wilson-Raybould … At all times, I and those around me acted with integrity and singular focus on the best interests of all Canadians,” he says.“Any accusation that I or the staff put pressure on the attorney general is simply not true … But the fact is that this accusation exists. It cannot and should not take one moment away from the vital work the prime minister and his office is doing for all Canadians.“My reputation is my responsibility and that is for me to defend. It is in the best interests of the office and its important work for me to step away.”Wilson-Raybould resigned from Trudeau’s cabinet last week. She has not explained why and she has not commented on the allegation, levelled by anonymous sources in a Globe and Mail story 10 days ago, that she was improperly pressured, citing solicitor-client privilege. She has hired a former Supreme Court justice to advise her on what she may legally say.Butts is one of several top Trudeau aides the opposition parties had wanted to call before the House of Commons justice committee to testify on what happened. Liberal MPs on the committee last week used their majority to limit the scope of the committee’s inquiry.Butts has confirmed that Wilson-Raybould briefly raised the matter of SNC-Lavalin during a meeting in December; he advised her to speak with the clerk of the Privy Council, Michael Wernick.In his statement, Butts writes positively of his relationship with Wilson-Raybould.“I encouraged her to run for the Liberal Party of Canada and worked hard to support her as a candidate and then cabinet minister. From my perspective, our relationship has always been defined by mutual respect, candour and an honest desire to work together.”Butts says he’s served Trudeau “to the best of my abilities and I have at all times given the prime minister free and unfettered advice.“I have served the public interest, not the interests of any individual or any narrow private interest of any kind, at any time. Life is full of uncertainties but I am absolutely certain of that.”Trudeau, who became friends with Butts when the two attended McGill University, tweeted about his principal secretary’s resignation: “Gerald Butts served this government _ and our country _ with integrity, sage advice and devotion. I want to thank him for his service and continued friendship.”last_img read more

Sprott Inc to take control of rival gold holder Central Fund of

first_imgTORONTO – Sprott Inc. (TSX:SII) says it has struck a deal to take control of rival gold-holding firm Central Fund of Canada Ltd. (TSX:CEF.A) after a protracted takeover effort.Toronto-based Sprott said Monday it will pay $120 million in cash and stock for Central Fund of Canada Ltd.’s common shares and for the right to administer and manage the fund’s assets.The deal, which requires approval from Central Fund shareholders, would see its class A shareholders transferred to a new Sprott Physical Gold and Silver Trust.Sprott says the deal would add $4.3 billion to its assets under management, which are focused largely on holding physical precious metals on behalf of clients, and 90,000 investors to its client base.In March, Sprott tried to go through the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta to allow Central Fund’s class A shareholders to swap their shares to Sprott after the family that controls Central Fund rebuffed their attempt to make a deal.Last year Sprott took over Central GoldTrust, a similar fund controlled by the same family, after securing support from more than 96 per cent of shareholder votes cast.last_img read more

Tax change proposals divisive but more favour Liberal position poll

first_imgOTTAWA – A new poll suggests that Canadians who support the Liberal government’s tax-change proposal outnumber those opposed to the idea — barely.The Ekos-Canadian Press survey found that based on what people know of the idea, 49 per cent of respondents support it, while 44 per cent are against.The Liberals are proposing three updates to the tax code to close loopholes they say let the wealthiest Canadians pay less tax — changes the Opposition says will have far wider and negative implications for small businesses.Of those surveyed, 52 per cent said they support the Liberal argument that the changes will create a fairer tax system, while 40 per cent agreed with a statement that the changes amount to a tax grab.“The battle over framing is by no means over but, at this early stage, it appears the government is enjoying even stronger support on the basic fairness framing,” Ekos researchers concluded.The poll put questions on the proposals to 4,839 people between Sept. 15 and Oct. 1 as the issue dominated the start of the fall sitting of Parliament.The poll, which reached respondents on both cellphones and land lines, carries a margin of error of plus or minus 1.4 per cent, 19 times out of 20.Ekos researchers cautioned that the proposals up for debate are complex, and while they’re confident in their questions, a different approach could have yielded different results.There’s also what might happen next — public opinion could evolve as the proposals do as well, the researchers note. The consultation period closed on Monday and the Liberals say they have listened to the feedback they’ve received.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version included outdated details for the poll’s timing, sample size and margin of error.last_img read more

Shoppers take to their phones for Cyber Monday deals

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Weeks of deals didn’t stop people from heading online to shop on the Monday after Thanksgiving.Cyber Monday is on track to becoming the biggest U.S. online shopping day ever, according to Adobe Analytics, the research arm of software maker Adobe. By 10 a.m. Eastern time, $840 million had been spent online, up nearly 17 per cent from a year ago, Adobe said. And more people are picking up their phones to shop: Web traffic from mobile devices, including tablets, is expected to top desktop computers for the first time this year, Adobe said.When Frank Yanover browsed Amazon’s Cyber Monday deals through his phone, he wasn’t looking for anything in particular. But he spent $300 on a Vitamix blender that he had eyed before, which he said was a $200 discount.“I never bought it because it was so expensive,” said Yanover, who is retired and lives in Hollywood, Florida.Over the holiday weekend, he bought an iPad from Best Buy through his phone and then picked it up at a store. And using his voice-activated Echo, he bought Amazon’s $30 Echo Dot for his bedroom, which was $20 off.Others seem to be doing the same. The Echo Dot was the top-selling electronic item on Amazon, followed by the Fire TV. Board games, Fingerlings and Legos were bestsellers in Amazon’s toy section.Over at eBay, one $745 Apple MacBook Air was sold every five seconds, the company said. And J.C. Penney said its top-selling items on its website were towels, $25 diamond stud earrings and a Liz Claiborne bag that has a built-in phone charger.Target and Toys R Us offered 15 per cent off most items. Walmart.com tripled the amount of items available on its site from last year. But Amazon is expected to be the big winner over the holiday season, with Bain & Co. expecting the online retailer to capture 50 per cent of all online sales growth this year.The shift to online shopping has been noticeable even before Cyber Monday. At a Toys R Us in Toledo, Ohio, on Friday, the parking lot was about half full. Melissa Wetzel, who said she would also do some shopping online, said her Black Friday in-store shopping had been relaxing since she didn’t have to fight the crowds.“It’s been pretty easy,” she said. “I guess most are shopping online.”__Associated Press writer John Seewer in Toledo, Ohio, contributed to this report.last_img read more